Football Odds 'n Ends

Our staff huddled together and came up with the latest roundup of what's happening in the world of BYU football. It's a weekly feature that's exclusive to BYU.TheInsiders.com

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  • Walt Williams, the Miami, Florida cornerback who originally signed with the Cougars a year ago is finally expected in Provo this Sunday.  From what we have been able to learn, Walt has finished the work on his Associate's Degree in the Miami-Dade Community College system in Florida.  An all-league performer at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Walt will have two years of eligibility remaining at BYU.  We're still intrigued by the fact that he turns 26 this March, making him one of the oldest players on the Cougar's roster (he isn't LDS so there was no mission).  While he could be a starter at corner, expect an even bigger impact from him as a kick returner which was his greatest strength for the Gila Monsters.
  • New defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall spent the day on Friday interviewing the current members of the BYU defensive staff, including Barry Lamb, Steve Kaufusi and Brian Mitchell.  No announcement of any personnel decisions is expected until sometime next week, and it is possible that Mendenhall will choose to retain all of the current staff members but shuffle around some of their assignments.  We do anticipate at least one change but the decision will be a difficult one.
  • The American Football Coaches Association annual convention begins on Sunday in New Orleans.  Most of the BYU coaching staff is expected to attend, including head coach Gary Crowton.  Legendary BYU coach LaVell Edwards will address the convention as he is this year's winner of the prestigious Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, presented to the "individual whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football."  He joins a star-studded list of former recipients that includes Joe Paterno, Tom Osborne, Keith Jackson and Paul "Bear" Bryant. 
  • Among the newly returned LDS missionaries who are expected to start school on Monday, January 6 are:  KC Bills, Lawrence Cowan (has been attending as a part-time student last Fall), Joel Theler, Eddie Keele, Quinn Gooch, Philip Niu, John Beck, David Sollami, Adam Nelson, Trent Williams and Fahu Tahi.  Who will have the biggest impact next season?  Our guess...John Beck.  Even if he does not end up starting, just his presence and work ethic will push all the quarterbacks to work harder.  John told us in an interview in December that his family would be on vacation in Hawaii early in January so he might miss the first day or two of classes. 
  • Highly regarded quarterback Ben Olson leaves on his mission to Calgary, Alberta, Canada on January 15.  He'll spend the first couple of weeks at the Missionary Training Center on the BYU campus in Provo. 
  • We've heard that Levi Madarieta, who saw his playing time at linebacker dwindle considerably toward the end of last season, will get a look at tight end this Spring. 
  • Some of you may remember the name Adam Dawkins, the speedy running back from Tullahoma, Tennessee who camped at BYU the past two summers.  Though he appears to have fallen off BYU's recruiting radar, Dawkins had an impressive season for the Wildcats not just as a running back, though he did rush for 1030 yards on 137 carries.  Adam was also an all-region selection as a punter and helped Tullahoma to a 10-1 season.  Though he's only 5'10", he also played defensive end. 
  • Do the Cougars have any realistic chance at landing Florida's David Howell?  Our answer is no.  How

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